Parade at Magic Kingdom
  • On Aug 19, 2023
    Lisa from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Why is there not a link specifically for Veterans or disabled Veterans? The Military Salute link just takes me to the regular promotion page and is truly disheartening.

    Welcome to planDisney, Lisa!  

    Thank you for bringing your concern and insightful question to our team. Most importantly, thank you or your family members for their service to our great nation. My husband is also a Veteran but has not retired from the U.S. Military, so it’s my honor to explain this distinction and share what’s possible for your special family at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    The Disney Military Salute ticket offer is for four- or five-day tickets at a discounted rate, eligible for active or retired service members only. You’re correct in that this offer is not available for Veterans or Disabled Veterans if they have not also formally retired. We are fortunate to have had so many men and women serve our wonderful nation over the years that the Veteran population is quite large. The Military Salute offer is aimed towards the smaller population of active or retired service members and their families.

    Good news, Lisa – Veterans and Disabled Veterans are eligible for discounted Magic Your Way tickets through Shades of Green, an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) on the Walt Disney World Resort property. You can order these tickets in more flexible day visit increments than the Military Salute, and do not have to purchase in person at Shades of Green. Please review the eligibility guidelines and see their order form and process on their website. Unlike the Military Salute offer, these tickets will arrive in the mail to you already activated which also saves time on your first theme park day. You can connect these tickets upon receipt to your My Disney Experience App and begin planning all the details of your special vacation. When you arrive, you simply scan your ticket for entry without further activation steps, and head to your first attraction!

    If you are in the beginning stages of planning your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I encourage you to also look into staying at Shades of Green. This resort offers discounted rooms for Veterans every day (plus seasonal special offers) and boasts the largest standard rooms on property! The simple tropical theme, many onsite amenities, several pools, transportation options, and proximity to Magic Kingdom Park make it a great option for your family since they are eligible to stay there.

    I hope this helps you see what’s possible. Please know the great respect and value that Disney places on your family’s service and Veteran status. Walt Disney was a true patriot, and there are many incredible Americana experiences throughout the theme parks to honor this which your family may also enjoy. Please see another question I recently answered where I list some of my favorite patriotic experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Please write me back directly if you’d like to continue our conversation, I’d love to help you continue to plan this special vacation and honor your family’s service with some more ideas to make the most of your magical experience.  

    With gratitude,  
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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